Re: Too narrowly defined: DIVISION SIGN & COLON

From: Martin J. Dürst <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:52:41 +0900

On 2012/07/11 10:35, Stephan Stiller wrote:
> About Martin Dürst's content re "geteilt"-"gemessen":
> When I attended the German school system in approx the 1990s this
> distinction wasn't mentioned or taught. (I prefer to not give details
> about specific time and place for privacy reasons.)

Sorry, but I forgot to mention that my experience was in Switzerland, in
the late 1960ies. Actually, given that the education system in
Switzerland is handled by the Cantons, I should say that it was in the
Canton of Zurich.

Regards, Martin.

> From looking into
> textbooks and formula collections at that time I recall not having found
> any mention of or explanation for such a differentiation. Given that I
> also haven't seen many people use that symbol I would suspect that, for
> some time, this was an elementary school thing in Germany. For me, the
> symbol ÷ also only ever appeared on calculators. I don't think it
> appeared ever in primary or secondary school textbooks I've worked with
> and wasn't used for handwritten arithmetic at my schools either.
> Stephan
> PS: Thank you! You've just solved a mystery for me - something I've been
> told about a long time ago by an older person but couldn't find
> references for at the time.
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